Say, Should We Abandon Democracy To Deal With “Climate Change”?

I’m always amused when members of the Cult of Climastrology get upset when they are called fascists, totalitarians, authoritarians, etc. The phrase “thou dost protest too much” (which comes from “The lady doth protest too much, methinks”), typically overused and meant to put the opponent on the defensive, is very much valid in this case. They say they just want to fix things, but, no, no, they don’t want to get rid of capitalism and democracy. Then they push doing just that, sometimes in a “just wondering” method. Such as

If Democracy Can’t Respond to Climate Change, Should We Abandon Democracy?

Climate change or global warming — no matter what you call it, the Earth has been negatively impacted by human activity. What’s worse is that some of the world’s most powerful and influential nations are democracies that have been ineffective (at best) at combating it. By definition, a democracy is a government with power vested in the people, and yet the well-being of the people has largely been ignored when it comes to making substantial environmental legislation and reforms.

See? Democracy Bad. No mention of the environmental destruction in the Soviet Union and China, among others.

This question begs another one — do we even have a democracy if it doesn’t represent the best interest of the people? In America, we live by the creed of “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,” but all those rights are in jeopardy if we have food shortages, wildfires, floods, and rising seas. Leaders have been historically slow to address the climate change elephant in the room. As far back as 1965, presidential advisers warned about the dangers of elevated carbon dioxide levels, and the European Commission estimates that the continent lost 90 billion euros in flood damages alone between the years of 1980 and 2011. Still, few proactive measures have been taken by our democratic governments to confront climate change.

So, in order to have democracy, we must institute some sort of system dominated by government authority.

Beneath the historical facade of democracy lies the messy problem of how to encourage and manage effective representation for tens of millions of people. In America, a country also founded on a deep distrust of government, just a little over half of eligible voters in America show up to the polls. Complicating the issue is the problem of disproportional representation. As Yale’s Climate Connections notes about the inequities of the Senate, “584,000 people of Wyoming have the same number of votes as the 37.2 million people of California.”

Are you getting the feeling that this particular Warmist, Daphne Muller, isn’t particularly happy with equal representation, with government listening to the people rather than telling the people what to do? This is why Progressivism is termed “nice fascism”: government tells you what to do for your own good.

There’s also a good reason why tiny Wyoming has the same representation as big California, at least till the 17th Amendment messed that up. But, hey, that’s a different discussion. And, Warmists do not care, because they want an all-controlling centralized government. Here’s another phrase they should consider: “be careful what you wish for. You might get it”.

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4 Responses to “Say, Should We Abandon Democracy To Deal With “Climate Change”?”

  1. Dana says:

    Many countries abandoned democracy to form a more efficient and effective government. Locked in the throes of the Great Depression, the good people of the Weimar Republic freely voted for a party which promised tremendous economic reform and progress . . . and delivered on those promises. Germany was freed from the rabble government of democracy, and a virtual economic miracle reduced unemployment from 6 million in 1932 to fewer than 1 million in 1936.

    The Italians did much the same thing, a few years earlier, though retaining their King in a constitutional monarchy. The Italian government, freed from the constraints of democracy, very famously made the trains run on time and created prosperity across the land.

    See what great things can be accomplished it only we don’t allow people to dissent from the edicts of our betters in government!

  2. JGlanton says:

    The total bias caused by the afternoon TOBS is about 0.1C over the last century. Remove the afternoon TOBS data and that’s the difference you get.

    The total NOAA adjustment over the same time period is +1.6C.

    They’re making it up, folks. Almost all of the surface station warming is fabricated. Which is why it doesn’t agree with the RSS record.

  3. Jeffery says:

    The author’s remedy to the poor showing of Democracy was… MORE Democracy!! More people should vote! And of course it’s undemocratic that Wyoming’s Senate representation is 60X greater than California’s. Then you need leadership and persuasion. And finally education.

    Our Conservative brethren are working to suppress voters, favor little red states blocking the Senate and oppose education, favoring of course, miseducation.

    Conservatives favor LESS Democracy!

    Conservatives also confuse regulations enacted by a democratically elected government with tyranny, more out of ignorance than malice.

    We elect representatives to make informed and difficult decisions, and often the populace is not fully on board. As we’ve found, the system can be fouled by outside influences – and is currently tilted toward the wealthy and corporations, rather than committed to doing the people’s work.

    Democracy is the enemy of the current Republican Party, beholden as they are to their religious and corporate interests. It’s cute that you pretend to be interested.

  4. Jl says:

    It’s even cuter that you don’t know what you’re talking about. You list a bunch of over-generalized assertions with absolutely no evidence to back them up. “Democracy is the enemy…” Wow, good one. “Beholden to their religious and corporate interests.” As the libs are beholden to their non-religious and corporate interests. “Working to suppress voters.” Really? How? And on, and on…

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